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    Feds probe BMW motorcycles for fuel leak problems

    From today's Columbus, OH, Dispatch newspaper:

    Federal safety regulators are investigating older BMW R-Series motorcycles for gasoline leaks that could cause fires.

    The probe affects about 24,000 motorcycles from the 2005 through 2008 model years sold in the U.S.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the housing around the fuel pump can crack and leak gasoline. No fires or injuries have been reported, but the safety agency has received 28 complaints from owners of the bikes. At least two owners say that gas soaked their pant legs.

    Investigators will check into how often the leaks happen and determine if a recall is necessary.
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    How about ABS!!!!!!!

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    This is the hexhead fuel pump assembly cover fitting cracking issue ("fixed" in later camheads, such as my '12 R12RT by a different configuration of the cover).
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    Quote Originally Posted by zenduddhist View Post
    ... the housing around the fuel pump can crack and leak gasoline. No fires or injuries have been reported, but the safety agency has received 28 complaints from owners of the bikes. At least two owners say that gas soaked their pant legs.
    Good! I was one of those 28 people who took the time to file a report.

    This recently happened to me on my HP2e and thanks to help received here and on ADVrider, I was able to avoid having to buy a **$550 freakin' dollar*** part to fix it.

    The cracks are caused by an incorrect application of tapered threads, and BMW should replace this part on all affected models. I had to ride my bike out of the woods in TN and 150 miles back to Atlanta with gas shooting out like a squirt gun because I had no other way to get home.

    Curiously, the replacement part had a metal ring affixed to the flange to keep the plastic from cracking. Nothing like a band-aid fix, eh?

    Beemer Boneyard sells a CNC-cut part for $35 that squeezes the flange to seal the cracks, and this along with some Yamabond case sealant and new metal quick disconnects has solved the problem. Sorta... this is basically jerry-rigged and I'd rather not be riding my bike with a fix like this, but $550 just isn't in the picture at this point in time.

    Looking back through the thread on ADVrider, the part in question has increased in price from about $250 to $550 over the period of just two years.

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    Ian: could you post a link to the ADVrider thread?

    Is this the fuel system componenet that sits in the well at the left front of the tank?

    I had the one on my bike inspected and sealed by Anderwerks as part of its out of province inspection last spring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zenduddhist View Post
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the housing around the fuel pump can crack and leak gasoline. .
    The same thing happens on the Slant four K bikes, plus the plastic quick disconnect can break.
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    I had fuel all over my left leg from a cracked fuel pump recently on my 2007 R1200S.

    I did not know this could be reported, or I'd be #29!
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    I had to buy the $500 + piece of plastic for my '06 R1200GS Adventure before the clamp solution came out. I am considering adding the clamp as preventive maintenance.

    I did not file a report on it, but it sounds like I should have.

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    Go ahead and file a report. The more info on the record, the better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chicota View Post
    Go ahead and file a report. The more info on the record, the better.
    Right!
    File the reports. This is not over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rinty View Post
    Ian: could you post a link to the ADVrider thread?
    Rinty - here you go:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=711467

    Is this the fuel system componenet that sits in the well at the left front of the tank?
    Yes, on the R1200GS. On my HP2e the plate is on the top. Various models put it various places.

    I had the one on my bike inspected and sealed by Anderwerks as part of its out of province inspection last spring.
    It sure is worth it. I was surprised at how quickly the problem appeared.

    Ian

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    Quote Originally Posted by chicota View Post
    Go ahead and file a report. The more info on the record, the better.
    Where?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ-J View Post
    Where?
    Duh !
    Go back and read the first post. Its the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
    You can Google it.
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    I used Google to find the NHTSA but did not find where to report.
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    Report filed!
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